How to Get Rid of Critters Using … Urine?

How to Get Rid of Critters Using … Urine?

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Kevin Perk

Kevin Perk is a full-time buy and hold and fix and flip real estate investor with over 15 years of experience. He and his wife Terron operate Kevron Properties, LLC, a boutique real estate investing company in Memphis, Tenn.

Kevin was a past president and is a current board member of the Memphis Investors Group. He’s also a blogger and writer who has authored hundreds of real estate investing articles on BiggerPockets and his own blog,, some of which have been featured on The Motley Fool and MONEY: Personal Finance News & Advice.

Kevin is also host of the SmarterLandlording podcast.

Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Kevin moved to Memphis to attend graduate school at The University of Memphis. After receiving his master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, Kevin climbed the planning career ladder to eventually become planning director of a county in the Memphis metro area. He “retired” from planning in 2003 to pursue real estate investing full-time.

Since “retiring,” Kevin’s main real estate investment strategy has been to buy and hold, otherwise known as landlording. Generally working in historic Midtown Memphis, Kevin is also known to fix and flip grand, historic homes when the right opportunity presents itself. He and his wife Terron (who is the principal broker at Perk Realty) have participated in dozens of real estate transactions in the Memphis metro area.

Kevin has the heart of a teacher and believes in helping others through education. An instructor of college-level geography for over 25 years, Kevin also regularly participates in seminars and panel discussions at such forums as the Memphis Investor’s Group and the Single-Family Rental Summit.

In addition, Kevin has been interviewed in publications such as the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Daily News, and the Foreclosure News Report.

Kevin earned a master’s in City and Regional Planning from The University of Memphis.

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Squirrels are really crafty creatures.  They manage to get into some pretty tight places.  Here in Memphis, and I am sure in other places as well, they really love to get into attics and crawl spaces.  And I am here to tell you, nothing freaks a tenant out more than hearing the pitter patter of little feet up in the ceiling.

So What do You Do? 

First, try and find out where they are getting in and seal it up.  Sometimes it is easy to find as they have chewed a hole right through the eaves.  Other times you may never find the access point.  I once had some critters in my house and I never did find out where they were getting in.

Then What?

You can hire an exterminator to come out and trap and remove them, but exterminators can be expensive and once the critters are back outside they usually will find their way back in.

You can put out some poison.  This may eliminate your critter problem.  But it may also create another one.  Critters really smell bad once they die behind a wall, especially if it is summer time.  It may take weeks for the smell to fully go away.

A Simpler Solution

I have found another solution and it is located at your local hunting goods store.  No, it is not a .38 revolver but fox urine.  Fox urine comes in a little spray bottle and it costs about 5 bucks.  Hunters use it to disguise their scent when they are out in the woods.

I use it to trick the squirrels or other critters into thinking there is something higher up on the food chain in the attic.  They smell the urine, they leave and do not come back.

Simply wear some rubber gloves, spray some urine on some cotton balls and throw them around the area you hear them in.  The scent is imperceptible to humans, so don’t worry about that.

9 times out of 10 this fox urine will work.  It is cheap and easy and it solves the problem.  I wish all my landlording problems were this easy to solve.

Photo: Mr. T in DC

Squirrels are really crafty creatures.  They manage to get into some pretty tight places.  Here in Memphis, and I am sure in other places as well, they really love to […]